Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 9 October 2017



You are probably aware that The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) has now taken over from DWP in providing secretariat support to the Age Action Alliance. The transition has gone relatively smoothly, but we have been beset by some glitches – especially with emails. We have now identified the problems and are working quickly to resolve them. In the meantime, apologies to any member who has experienced difficulty in contacting us by email or delay in receiving a response.

Opportunities for Action

Age Allies Launch Party

Age Allies is a brand new programme funded by the City Bridge Trust to help make London a more age friendly city. Over the next two years we will be delivering free workshops to businesses and organisations designed to highlight ageism and promote positive change.

To celebrate the launch of the programme Age UK London are having a party and would love for you to join them!

  • Date: Monday October 23rd 2017 | 16:00 – 18:30
  • Time: 16.00 to 18.30
  • Venue: Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London, WC1N 2NP.

For full details, including how to book your ticket, please visit Eventbrite.

Uncertain Futures – Work and Retirement in the UK
This seminar, organised by the LSE and Newcastle University, presents findings from the ESRC funded project “Uncertain Futures: Managing Late Career Transitions and Extended Working Life”.  The presentations are as follows:

Professor Sarah Vickerstaff (University of Kent) – The management of older workers: what has changed?


Dr David Lain (Newcastle University) – Abolishing mandatory retirement ages: implementation in four organisations


Dr Mariska van der Horst (University of Kent)  – Bridges to working late? Un-retirement, Part-time work, and Self-employment in the United States and England


Chair and Discussant – Professor John Manicol (London School of Economics), Dr Chris Ball (Researcher, University of Newcastle/CROW – Centre for Research on the Older Workforce)


  • Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017
  • Time: 13:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: Newcastle University, London, 102, Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ


For full details, including how to book your ticket, please visit Eventbrite.

Access to Elections

The Cabinet Office is asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself.
Responses to the Call for Evidence will:

  • Enhance the government’s understanding of the experiences of disabled people in registering to vote and casting their vote
  • Help identify if current mechanisms to support disabled people to participate in the democratic process are sufficient; and
  • Identify examples of good practice provided by Electoral Service Teams to disabled people at elections.

The consultation closes on 14 November 2017.

Social care cost inquiry for ageing population in Wales

The Welsh Assembly has launched an inquiry into the cost of caring for an ageing population and how much it costs to provide the service.

Official statistics show that Wales has the fastest-growing proportion of older people in the UK – by 2039 there will be 44% more people aged over 65 compared to 2014. Over the same period there is expected to be a 5% relative decrease in the number of working age adults – potentially meaning fewer people available to work in social care and fewer taxpayers to fund it.

Details of the inquiry, and how to respond, can be found on the Welsh Assembly website.

For Your Information

Warmer Housing
Researchers at Bangor University have estimated that investing in warmer housing could save the NHS billions of pounds a year. Approximately 2.5m households in England (about one in nine) are still in fuel poverty – struggling to keep their homes adequately warm due to the cost of energy and fuel – and this figure is rising.


The research examined whether warmer social housing could improve population health and reduce use of NHS services in the northeast of England, by analysing the costs and outcomes associated with retrofitting social housing with new combi-boilers and double glazed windows.

After the housing improvements had been installed, NHS service use costs reduced by 16% per household – equating to an estimated NHS cost reduction of over £20,000 in just six months for the full cohort of 228 households. This reduction was offset by the initial expense of the housing improvements (around £3,725 per household), but if these results could be replicated and sustained, the NHS could eventually save millions of pounds over the lifetime of the new boilers and windows.

Investment to get older people active

36% of people aged 55+ are currently inactive compared to 26% of the population as a whole.  To tackle this, Sport England has announced an investment of up to £10 million of National Lottery money into 20 projects across England to reduce the number of inactive older adults.

The projects will use sport and activity to help tackle problems such as poor mental health, dementia, loneliness caused by bereavement, and addiction.

Transitions in later life

Research for the Centre for Ageing Better and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch indicates that only around half of UK workers planning to retire in the next five years are looking forward to it, (56%), with 41% worried about managing their money, 33% concerned about feeling bored  and nearly a quarter worried about losing their purpose. Some 17% of workers are worried about being lonely in retirement.

But the research suggests that despite this, most retirees do little to plan for this major life change, with over half of people who had retired in the last five years revealing they didn’t seek any advice or help to prepare.

This is part of a study exploring how the process of retirement affects people and what kinds of intervention and support could help people to better manage the transition.

The study also involved an evaluation of seven pilot pre-retirement workshops, delivered by different charities, which focused particularly on building resilience and emotional well-being. It found that participants had improved confidence and perceptions of ageing – even six to twelve months after the workshops had ended.

For more detail, visit the Centre for Ageing Better website.

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